Turkish Aid Agency Encourages Refugees To Stay In Syria
Turkey has long championed the creation of a “safe zone” in northern Syria to protect displaced civilians, an idea it has again tabled as the EU puts pressure on it to stem the flow of migrants, but the idea has gained little global support.
A new wave of refugees is feared in Turkey as government forces and Russian warplanes pound opposition-held areas in northern Syria. Officials have warned many will try illegally to get to Europe.
Turkey is looking for longer-term solutions including giving Syrians the right to work, plans which are unpopular with some Turks who fear competition for labour and which have been delayed by several elections over the past 18 months.
Those under temporary protection in Turkey are currently allowed to work within the refugee community, for example as doctors or teachers in camps.
“An open-border policy is the main policy we have been following since the beginning of this crisis … but the entire world including Europe has to open its doors for the refugees, it’s not just for Turkey,” Fuat Oktay, director of Turkish disaster management agency said”There has to be a balance so that the local community does not feel like the refugees are getting their jobs… so the two communities can live together in peace,” Oktay said.
“There has to be a balance so that the local community does not feel like the refugees are getting their jobs… so the two communities can live together in peace,” Oktay said.